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Woods’ outside shooting down Tigers

Steve Yingling

ZEPHYR COVE – Add another skill to the arsenal of talented Whittell High junior Jessica Woods.

Woods canned a career-high three trifectas to lead the ninth-ranked Warriors to a 43-26 nonleague girls’ basketball victory over the Douglas junior varsity on Thursday night.

The long-range shot is one that the defensive-minded Woods has been reluctant to shoot in games.

“Always in practice I goof around with the shot and I tend to make them. I started taking the shot like my coach told me to,” Woods said.

Whittell coach Nathan Tolbert sometimes pleads for Woods to take the 3-point shot.

“She doesn’t want to miss,” Tolbert said. “She’s that committed and dedicated, so she stays in her range most of the time and I have to force her to get out there and pull the trigger.”

Woods scored 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, during a decisive 16-5 run that gave the Warriors a 37-16 lead with 1 minute, 55 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Douglas struggled to get off shots in the first half against the Warriors’ sticky man-to-man defense, trailing 20-10 at the break.

Whittell’s blowout victory was tempered by an injury to Katrina Kacirek. The team’s leading scorer aggravated a sore left knee early in the third quarter.

The knee started hurting Kacirek a day earlier and Tolbert was planning to sit her against Douglas.

“She begged me and I’m too easy,” Tolbert said. “She’s a competitor, and that’s why she was in at all today.”

Tara Scaduto scored seven points and Kacirek and Kendra Koskin added six points for the winners. Tammi Henry led Douglas with nine points.

The Warriors (12-1) will take a 12-game winning streak into tonight’s Northern 2A League opener at defending champion Battle Mountain.

“I feel confident and I think we’re going to do all right,” Woods said. “I’m hoping Katrina feels better. She says she’s going to tough it out and play. That’s who she is.”

Tolbert, however, was undecided about Kacirek’s playing status for Friday.

“I’m not gonna hurt her, that’s the biggest thing,” Tolbert said. “Yeah we want to win, yeah we want to go to state and we want to do all that, but none of that’s worth putting her out for four weeks for one game.”

Krista Castro topped Whittell with eight points in the Whittell JV’s 46-17 defeat to the Douglas freshman. Danyelle Heidt led Douglas with 10 points.

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